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PBS launching “Great American Recipe” cooking competition series

PBS has announced a new cooking competition series, The Great American Recipe, billed as “an uplifting cooking competition that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic.” The eight-part ...
August 11, 2021

PBS has announced a new cooking competition series, The Great American Recipe, billed as “an uplifting cooking competition that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic.”

The eight-part series will be hosted by chef, food writer and TV host Alejandra Ramos, and features judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot. The show will give talented home cooks from across America the chance to showcase their signature dishes in the hopes that theirs will be named “The Great American Recipe” and featured on the cover of The Great American Cookbook, which will also include recipes from all of the contestants as well as the host and judges.

The Great American Recipe will premiere in summer 2022 on PBS, PBS.org and on the PBS Video app. The series is presented by VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, and produced by Objective Media Group America. Steve Humble is the executive in charge for VPM, with Zara Frankel the executive in charge for PBS. At Objective Media Group America, Layla Smith and Jilly Pearce are executive producers, Saterah Moore is SVP of current programming and Valerie Chow is showrunner.

“PBS is proud to partner with VPM to bring this comforting, uplifting and uniquely American food competition series to our audience,” said Sylvia Bugg, PBS’s chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming, in a release. “When it comes to food, everyone has a favorite dish, a special memory or a unique story, and The Great American Recipe offers the perfect platform to explore the richness and diversity of our regional cultures in a deliciously fun way.”

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